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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; Revised edition edition (1 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817463003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817463007
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and founder of www.ppsop.com, The Perfect Picture School of Photography. He is the best-selling author of Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Learning to See Creatively Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture and, most recently, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide. His easy-to-understand writing and teaching style breaks down the complex and often confusing aspects of photography, translating them into what his students routinely describe as "aha" moments. His trademark use of colour and strong, graphic composition have garnered him many photographic awards and a strong following. He lives in Chicago.

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Bryan Peterson is the author of the best-selling Learning to See Creatively

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183 of 185 people found the following review helpful By "teko92" on 31 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
Being quite critical towards most photo-books I have come across, this one really deserves all the credit it can get! This books explains all there is to know about the photographic triangle between aperture, shutter time, and ISO. It is a practical book covering most practical shots and it goes further in the sense that it tells you how to do the meter reading with the camera -> something which most books leave conveniently out. Besides from very detailed and well-written information on how to get the right creative exposure, Bryan covers the relevant differences between analogue and digital SLR in this updated version. The book contains the most beautiful and inspiring photos and - yes yes yes - he includes the camera settings on all the photos so that the reader can learn!!! Everything is based on simple rules and metaphors which I am able to remember in the field! This has improved my photography skills -> really what everything should be after when purchasing a new photo book! While Bryan at times can get a bit "snobbish" for my taste, he is a man that has earned his reputation and is very competent in bringing his many years of experience on to the reader. The book also contains some very nice information related to filters and how you can get the exposure you want even the light conditions do not facilitate it. Really great value.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By dodgeman69 on 25 Jun. 2006
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This book could equally well be named Understanding Exposure and Photographic Composition. Printed on high-quality paper, the images Peterson uses to illustrate his points are all great examples not just of correct exposure, but also of photographic composition.

The author's style is engaging and right from the start, I found myself reaching for my camera to try out his suggestions.

Not only is Peterson a great photographer, he is also a great teacher projecting his enthusiasm for photography onto the reader.

I found this book a more compelling read than any edge-of-our-seat thriller I ever read, only putting it down to go out and shoot some photographs.

After reading this book, I no longer let the camera make my exposure decisions - choice of Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO setting are now concious decisions with a particular effect in mind.

If you want to move from "point & shoot - unpredictable result" to "think, compose, point, shoot - expected result", this is a worthwhile investment.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Wow - Absolutely the best book I've read on explaining exposure
and light metering. The author gives you a step by step guide
on exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. He talks to you
in non technical language and gives fantastic photos to explain
the techniques involved. I couldn't put it down from once I
started reading it. This book says it all - Turn off your
automatic setting and start getting creative with aperture and
shutter speed. A really fantastic book and worth every cent.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2006
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So many people recommended this book that in the end I had to get it. And it's basically just as good as everyone says.

As you'd expect, it runs through the main things you need to know about exposure: using aperture for depth of field, fast shutter speeds for movement and all that stuff that you already know.

Except he seems to add things that you didn't know, or hadn't thought of.

Remember, this is just about exposure, so it's not telling you how to frame shots, or what to take photos of, just how to get the exposure right.

He uses a lot of easily remembered terms, like 'story telling' or 'who cares?' apertures. Some of them seem a bit silly, but there's no doubt you know what he's talking about. Later on, it gets even sillier, when he talks about 'Brother Blue Sky' and Mr Green Jeans' for exposure of skies and green areas. And you think, hang on, I'm not twelve. But I can see the point. If he was very technical about it, you'd never remember, but this way, you're out with your camera, and you think, I'll use Brother Reflecting Sky. Just don't say it out loud.

So Peterson has a knack of putting things over in an easy to comprehend way that's actually useful when you're out taking shots. I tried a few of his techniques straightaway, and they work.

The book is nicely illustrated of course, with good examples to show how the techniques work. It's well written, and genuinely useful if you pretty much understand how to use manual exposure but want to go a step further.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Leif Asbjørnsen on 7 Sept. 2005
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As a recently converted photo enthusiast I have found this book extremely useful. Understanding exposure is Alpha and Omega to achieve good photos that is not the results of mere chance. Being an aperture priority man myself I found the chapter on aperture especially interesting. For instance I have learnt that what the author calls "who cares?" aperture, f11, gives the best contrast and sharpness, and I now use it frequently when depth of field is of no importance. However, it is much more to this book than that. Buy it and browse through it and I am sure you will find an answer to what you are looking for, explained in a straight forward language beautifully illuminated by the authors own pictures.
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